Love: It's a word we use a lot. But what exactly is love?
Shakespeare tells us that "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds."
A 1950s song and film tell us that "Love is a many-splendored thing, it's the April rose that only grows in the early spring."
Love consists of a commitment which limits one's freedom - it is a giving of the self, and to give oneself means just that: to limit one's freedom on behalf of another.
Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith, offered these words:
In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold.
One often-quoted passage of the Bible has this to say:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV
From Buddha, we get this:
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
The Persian poet Rumi, who was a Sufi mystic, begins one of his poems this way:
This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
What does love mean to you? Leave a comment, and share your viewpoint.